Philosophy of Leadership in Schools

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The concept of leadership in a school requires the principal (administrator) to be able to improve the students’ performance and introduce various positive changes into the schooling system. All in all, the school’s administrator should manage the school in a way that ensures its survival and development.
All the actions and risks of a school administrator should be in line with his or her forward-looking vision. This vision is developed with the participation of teaching staff as involving them into the decision-making process ensures their higher motivation and boosts their creativity. It should be kept in mind that the efficient leadership of the school administrator is hardly possible without stable and productive relations with teaching staff and effective planning. When hiring the teachers, the school administrator should make sure they are professional and eager to work with children.
In order to be a good leader, the school administrator should implement the correct leadership style. Generally, three different styles of leadership are singled out – authoritarian, democratic, and laissez-faire. I believe that for the school administrator, the best way is to be a democratic leader because it presupposes a higher degree of involvement of teaching staff members and students into the process of taking decisions, introducing innovations and improving the functioning of school in general.
However, there are different views as far as introducing changes to K-12 schools is concerned. On the one hand, there is an opinion that it is necessary to update the curriculum as a way to modernize the school with no risks on the part of teachers and principal. On the other hand, it is considered that the school, and the administrator at the first place, are the main agents of change. This second approach is more challenging and demands from the administrator to take decisions, however at the same time it allows the school principal reveal his or her potential, creative abilities, capacity, and it also requires that the administrator is persistent, self-confident, and eager to develop.